Wine making in the Maremma: 2008 Tenute Loacker – Granfalco – IGT Maremma Toscana

When Maremma meets Loacker

Yes, it is time for another Tenute Loacker wine review. Slowly Italian wineries release their new vintages, which always causes great excitement. Loacker has convinced me with a load of excellent Tuscan & South Tyrolean wines for many years. Only recently, I had the pleasure to try their newly released 2008 Granfalco. The wine is manufactured on their Valdifalco estate which lies in the Tuscan part of the Maremma.

The Maremma

Maremma_mapThe Maremma stretches from the Southern Tuscan Coast to Norther Lazio and is divided into three sub-zones: Maremma Livornese, Maremma Senese and Maremma Laziale. In the last century, viticulture has become, next to tourism, the most important branch of industry. Many major Italian labels have secured themselves a portion of land in the Maremma. Today the Maremma is home to some of Italy’s most well-known DOC and DOCG appellations including Sassicaia DOCG and Morellino di Scansano DOCG. The terrain of the Maremma is ideal for a large variety of red grapes including Sangiovese, Merlot, Primitivo, Syrah, Cabernet and Sauvignon. White wine is mostly produced from Vermentino Toscano grapes.

The Maremma is also famous for the Super Tuscan. I have already written an article about the history of the Super Tuscan  if you want to learn more about the great Super Tuscans then I will simply redirect you to that post.

To protect the beautiful flora and fauna of the Maremma, the Natural Park of Maremma (Parco Naturale della Maremma) was founded on June 5th 1975. The park is south of Grosseto and has a surface of over 9800 hectares (2400 acres). It was the first of its kind in Tuscany. The Natural Park of Maremma has been awarded the European Diploma of Protected Areas by the European Council.

Inside the park there are many tourist attractions like old Medieval and Renaissance towers that were used to protect against the invading Saracens. Furthermore, the ruins of San Rabano abbey, founded 1101, are worth seeing. During the 14th century, the abbey was transformed into a fortress. The Republic of Siena destroyed the citadel in 1438. Last but not least, one should stop by the coastline within the Natural Park of Maremma, which is simply breathtaking.

Don’t believe me? How dare you! But take a look!

 

 

 

 

 

Back to wine

2008 Tenute Loacker - Granfalco - IGT Maremma ToscanaThe Maremma is also home to Tenute Loacker. Their newest estate, Valdifalco, is located in the province of Grosseto. Loacker cultivates 21 hectares of vine there and mostly grows Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah, Primitivo and Cabernet-Sauvignon grapes. These are also the grapes used for Granfalco. Granfalco aged 18 months in small barrique barrels. The wine is closed with a glass vino-seal, which is more expensive than a regular cork but guarantees long aging potential and minimizes the amount of spoiled bottles (wine can’t cork).

In the glass, the wine had a purple color with violet hints. On the nose, there was a sensation of spices, blackcurrant, dark black cherry, raspberry and cocoa. Such a harmonious bouquet!  In the glass, Granfalco had silky tannins. I tasted fruits and hints of dark chocolate. Very well-balanced! The wine was warm, very dry and full-bodied. Granfalco had a great structure and sophisticated, lingering finish. This wine was simply spectacular!

4.5 / 5 stars      

Parting words

The 2008 Granfalco is even better than the 2004 vintage, which I have previously reviewed here at Vino in Love. Granfalco retails for 22.80€. An excellent quality-price ratio! If you want to “taste” a bit of Maremma, then Granfalco should be your first choice.

According to wine-searcher, the 2007 Granfalco is available in the US (I do not think that I ever tried the 2007 vintage for some reason).

Some time ago, I had the opportunity to taste Loacker’s newly released 2009 Lodolaya Syrah IGT Toscana, which I did not like that much. Therefore, I am even happier that the new 2008 Granfalco stood up to its promises!

Of course, the 2008 Granfalco is also listed in my current top 10 list.

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What is your opinion on wine from the Maremma? Have you visited the Maremma?

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27 comments on “Wine making in the Maremma: 2008 Tenute Loacker – Granfalco – IGT Maremma Toscana”

  1. drinkforlife Reply

    What an amazing post! So far I’ve not visited the Marema but judging from the pictures I’d say it looks incredibly beautiful. Nice description of the Granfalco.

  2. RiojaChianti RiojaChianti Reply

    red wines without a cork are usually of low quality. screw caps are even worse than vino seals. really don’t get it why wineries have to break with tradition.

  3. foodwine88 Reply

    First of all I wanna say that Bolgheri is one of my favorite types of Italian wine 🙂 I didn’t know it was part of the Maremma! The pics looks amazing and I’d love to visit the Maremma! On my next work-trip to Italy I’ll plan to stay there a few days (maybe in Bolgheri or so).
    Unfortunately, the 2008 Granfalco is not available via wine-searcher in the US.. And I don’t want to buy the 2007 vintage since you didn’t really recommend it. Hopefully the 2008 Granfalco will become available in the US very soon! The blend is intriguing. I don’t think I remember drinking a wine that was blended with all these varietals. Can’t wait to actually give it a try!

    • vino in love Reply

      The Maremma is very large and because Bolgheri is it’s own appellation, the wines from Bolgheri are sometimes not associated with the Maremma, even though Bolgheri is located in it.
      I can’t recommend the 2007 vintage of the Granfalco because I didn’t try it. So far my experiences with different Granfalco vintages were all good though.

  4. theducksong Reply

    the bottle label looks intriguing. simple, yet so fascinating. i always thought that the IGT appellations are named after the 20 Italian regions. is that not the case anymore or why does there exist an IGT Maremma?

  5. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    Good article, Julian but you should consider adding a few more producers to that short list. The Maremma is home to so many GREAT wineries. Besides Sassicaia and Bolgheri DOC it is often an underappreciated wine region. We can only hope that people will appreciate the Maremma wine more in the future!

    On a different matter: I just got a shipment of 2008 Brunello! Can’t decided if still too young or if I should open one tonight!

  6. winetalks winetalks Reply

    Excellent review. I haven’t tried many “modern” Tuscan blends yet. It’s something I need to change! Primitivo in Tuscany? That sounds a little bit odd! I would have never assumed that the grape grows in Tuscany but it looks like everything is possible in the Maremma 😀
    As always you have selected very nice pictures 🙂 Is that castel on the 5th picture of the slideshow Loacker’s Valdifalco estate or some other winery?
    Enjoy VinItaly! Looking forward to your posts:)

    • vino in love Reply

      Frank,
      Thanks for stopping by! Lots of varietal grow in Tuscany – including Primitivo. Not very common but that makes the Granfalco even more special!
      The castle shows the estate from Colle Massari in Montecucco.

      VinItaly was fantastic. Will write about it in the next days.

    • vino in love Reply

      Yummychunklet.
      Thank you! If you travel to Italy then make sure to visit the Maremma 🙂 It’s one of the most beautiful parts of Italy!

  7. Sean P. Reply

    Very informative! Gorgeous pics! I’ve had Granfalco many times before. Love it!

  8. Maria Reply

    Beautiful pictures. Makes we want to visit. I have looked up the wine and it seems very difficult to buy in England, but I will look out for it.

    • vino in love Reply

      Maria,
      Thanks for stopping by!
      You should really consider visiting the Maremma. Fantastic food, great wine and an incredible nature! Unfortunately, I couldn’t locate a UK-retailer for the Granfalco. Sorry.

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